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A 41-year-old female asked:

how is fluid drained from the knee?

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Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 30 years experience
Via needle aspiratio: Check out material from aafp re knee joint aspiration: http://www.Aafp.Org/afp/2002/1015/p1497.Html. You can also watch youtube videos of knee joint aspiration: http://www.Youtube.Com/watch?V=clmfivdtope. Common point (pun intended): fluid drained from knee (and any other joint) using a needle & syringe after numbing medication & cleaning area off.
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 22 years experience
Needle.: The fluid is usually aspirated by a needle and siring.

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